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General Information

Cottey's relationship with the P.E.O. Sisterhood has helped maintain a rigorous and focused educational program and facilities that rival larger, prestigious four-year liberal arts colleges and universities.

The faculty consists of 37 full-time highly qualified professors; more than 90 percent hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degrees in their fields. Cottey faculty members, individually and in collaboration with students, regularly publish and present in national venues. The student to faculty ratio is 8:1.

Cottey Students

Cottey students demonstrate a great sense of ownership in their education and many students take advantage of the numerous leadership and internship opportunities available through the College.

Cottey Campus

Cottey's attractive campus blends restored historic buildings and modern structures to provide high-quality academic, arts, residential and recreational facilities. Highlights of campus include the outstanding residence halls, beautiful sculptures and gardens, and a dining room with food that's second to none.

Housing in the residence halls at Cottey features apartment-style suites, each with bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchenette.

Cottey College is located in Nevada, Missouri, 90 miles from Kansas City and two hours from the Kansas City International Airport. Nevada is a city of approximately 9,000 residents, with another 12,663 in the surrounding Vernon County.

Cottey Sports

Cottey participates in intercollegiate basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country and track as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Beginning fall 2017, Cottey will also compete in intercollegiate tennis and golf.  Athletic Scholarships are awarded for these sports based on demonstrated ability. 


In the fall of 2016, Cottey students hailed from 35 states and 23 countries. Students applying to Cottey College should possess a high school grade point average of 2.6 or higher and should have scored an ACT composite of 21 or greater or an SAT composite of 970 or greater. The College appreciates P.E.O.s referring academically sound students. Click hereto refer a student. 


For details on current tuition, room, board and fees, contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-888-5-COTTEY or visit the Cottey College website. About 98 percent of Cottey students receive some form of financial aid based on need or merit. Types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, international student scholarships, loans and campus employment.

  • More than $5.8 million in financial aid was awarded to our students in 2012-2013.
  • The average financial aid package in 2015-2016 ranged between $22,448 and $22,890 per student.

International Experience

Sophomore-level students have the option to spend the first week of spring break in Europe for educational modules. Cottey pays travel and hotel expenses for the week. Students also have the option to select another international trip experience in lieu of the European trip on a space available basis; these trips require students to pay the additional costs.  In the past these options have included Thailand, Peru, Japan, New Zealand, Guatemala, and England and they do vary from year to year.  For more information, click here.

Cottey College Alumnae

If you're a Cottey College alumna who is interested in learning more about P.E.O. membership, please complete this interest form and we will send it to chapters in your community.

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